Plainsboro, NJ
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Living in Plainsboro


Plainsboro is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 23,071 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Plainsboro is the 84th largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Plainsboro are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Plainsboro is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.56% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Plainsboro is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Plainsboro who work in computer science and math (21.24%), management occupations (18.45%), and business and financial occupations (10.26%).

Also of interest is that Plainsboro has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Plainsboro has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Overall, Plainsboro’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

One downside of living in Plainsboro is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Plainsboro, the average commute to work is 34.56 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Plainsboro is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Plainsboro area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Plainsboro. 76.32% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Plainsboro in 2010 was $55,612, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $222,448 for a family of four.

Plainsboro is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Plainsboro home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Plainsboro residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Plainsboro include Irish, German, Italian, English, and Polish.

In addition, Plainsboro has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (50.11%).

The most common language spoken in Plainsboro is English. Other important languages spoken here include Langs. of India and Other Asian languages.